State Council to Issue Timetable to Ensure Delivery of Cleaner Fuel
A timetable was issued by the State Council asking oil companies to ensure delivery of cleaner fuel nationwide starting this year. Although the new standards will not be mandatory in four years, even with the rising public concern on the air pollution.
In the past few weeks, thick smog has blanketed several Chinese cities and many are saying that vehicle emissions are one of the major contributors of the pollution. This prompted the government to issue a new standard for gasoline that caps the sulfur content to 10 parts per million by the end of the year. The standard will also come with a grace period that extends to the year 2017. So far Beijing is the only city in china that has adopted the new standard which is said to equal Euro V in Europe.
Because of high pollution levels, Beijing had to roll out temporary emergency measures, ranging from shutting don heavily polluting factories to taking government vehicles off roads. Still even with these measures the air in the capital city remains hazardous on several days.
The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine along with the Standardization Administration is planning to issue a transitional standard for automobile diesel that have a sulfuric content within 50 parts per million that will expire on 2014.
Some say that the cleaner fuel will mean higher prices, but the government is assuring that prices will be fixing properly and subsidies will be given to disadvantaged people and also to nonprofit organizations.